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Tess Lee
Research Assistant @ Academia Sinica
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Tess Lee

Research Assistant @ Academia Sinica
I am Tess, with a bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences from the University of Manchester. I moved to different countries growing up. Having to explore different cultures during my upbringing, I consider myself to be a highly adaptive, open-minded and adventurous individual.
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Academia Sinica
The University of Manchester

Professional Background

  • Current status
  • Profession
    Research / R&D
  • Fields
    Pharmaceutical / Biotech
  • Work experience
    Less than 1 year (2-4 years relevant)
  • Management
    I've had experience in managing 1-5 people
  • Skills
    GraphPad Prism
    BLAST search
  • Languages
    Native or Bilingual
  • Highest level of education

Job search preferences

  • Desired job type
    Interested in working remotely
  • Desired positions
    Research assistant
  • Desired work locations
    Taipei City, Taiwan
    New Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Freelance
    Part-time freelancer

Work Experience

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Research Assistant

Academia Sinica
Apr 2022 - Present
Academia Sinica is the most prestigious research institution in Taiwan. My roles include: • Reprogramming hiPSCs from human fibroblast via mRNA transfection. • Establishing and optimizing rapid differentiation protocol for dendritic cells from hiPSC to adapt the process onto an automated system. • Designing flow cytometry panel to validate cell phenotype. • Generating NK feeder cells through lentivirus packaging and transduction. • Stem cell culture.
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Research Assistant

Aug 2020 - Mar 2022
1 yr 8 mos
Project 1: Investigation of a long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) X in Taiwanese colorectal cancer (CRC) patients. • Successfully generated lncRNA X misexpression stable cell lines by lentivirus transduction. • Conducted cell-based assays and tests to dissect the functional roles and significance of the lncRNA X in tumorigenesis. • Performed immunoprecipitation to investigate and analyse potential downstream interaction proteins. Project 2: Examined the involvement of microRNA in exosomes in epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). • Harvested, quantified the size and number of exosomes via NanoSight NS300 and performed cell assays to study EMT. • Assisted in the subcutaneous injection of modified cancer cell lines and intraperitoneally administrated drugs in nude mice for drug resistance study. • Trained and supervised students in molecular biology techniques.
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Research assistant

Dec 2019 - Aug 2020
9 mos
• Recruited study participants and explained the purpose of the study. • Processed human blood samples of STEMI patients for further experiments. • Ensured studies are conducted in accordance with ICH GCP and the guidelines of the Institutional Review Board (IRB). • Coordinated operations with different departments, including communication with site supervisors. • Managed information database of more than 400 patients via FileMaker.
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Marketing Officer/ UoM Macau Society, UK

Sep 2017 - Jun 2018
10 mos
• Promoted events and gatherings through social media. • Assisted in coordinating events. • Assisted in recruiting new members.
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Jul 2016 - Sep 2016
3 mos
The branch has the most revenue of all branches in Macau. • Remained calm when working under pressure during busy weekend shifts. • Enhanced spoken communication skills by interacting with colleagues and customers. • Acquired multi-tasking and problem-solving skills. • Improved organisational skills through managing stock-taking.


Bachelor of Science (BS)
BSc Hons in Biomedical Sciences
2016 - 2019
3.7/4 GPA
Activities and societies
I was the Marketing Officer in The University of Manchester Macau Society. - Promoted events through soical media. - Helped arraging an evening gathering hosting up to 40 participants.
Core modules included: Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Toxicology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics & Pharmacology. • Awarded 1st class for 3 lab-based modules. • Achieved 1st class in Toxicology and Microbiology. • Achieved high 2:1 in Molecular Biology, Biotechnology & Bioinformatics.

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